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My Gita

Written by: Devdutt Pattanaik
Narrated by: Vivek Madan
Length: 6 hrs and 15 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (224 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

In My Gita, acclaimed mythologist Devdutt Pattanaik demystifies The Bhagavad Gita for the contemporary reader. His unique approach - thematic rather than verse by verse - makes the ancient treatise eminently accessible.

In a world that seems spellbound by argument over dialogue, vi-vaad over sam-vaad, Devdutt highlights how Krishna nudges Arjuna to understand rather than judge his relationships. This becomes relevant today when we are increasingly indulging and isolating the self (self-improvement, self-actualization, self-realization - even selfies!). We forget that we live in an ecosystem of others, where we can nourish each other with food, love and meaning, even when we fight.

So let My Gita inform your Gita.

©2015 Devdutt Pattanaik, iIllustrations Copyright Devdutt Pattanaik (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

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Simply Amazing

The way there author has written and paraphrased the Gita is really appreciable. This Audiobook is one the best I have listened to. Really recommend for people interested in mythical stories of Bharat. The narration is really amazing. Learned many things from this book.

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An Knowledgeable Experience

Nice diction carry forward with a great knowledge that has shared. An knowledgeable experience remains at its best

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know Mahabharat and Ramayana first

narration was good, but as it is Gita, there's always complexity involved. listen Ramayana and Mahabharat first to fill the gaps

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Just fine

The author has put his thoughts. Didn't find appreciable. But there are multiple points/ story line which are used as example is good.

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Poor audio quality, poor recording.

Is this your first attempt to understand the BG? if so please skip this one. The writing style is boring, the narrative is even worse and audio quality shows the chalta hai attitude in India. Way to go Audible India, shame on you.

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interesting Read

Imparting modern context to ancient text and using it to reinvent time tested philosophies is Devdutts strength. It is an interesting read to widen the mind.

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No 5 star as perfection isn't the aim of Hinduism

This wonderfully narrated and well arranged book not only explains Gita so well but also other Vedic/Puranik concepts surrounding it. Enjoyed listening to this audio book very much.

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Insightful

Beautiful decipher of complex terms. Devdutt Pattanaik rightfully puts out a disclaimer mentioning that it is his understanding of the great book. Amazing narration and pronunciation of Sanskrit terms by the Vivek Madan. Loved the book. It comes across as really an honest effort (not preachy) and provides insights.

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Author explains Gita in a unique and clear way

Detailed information about the Gita was provided by the author and also it was expressed with more clarity so that everyone can understand it.

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perfect for listening again and again

The world is constant in pursuits and aggregation of wealth, that is narayani as against Narayan, which is God and should be the purpose of life. Gita offers the solace to the mind and provides the way out to make one's mind still and ultimately conquer it.
When I downloaded the MyGita audio edition, just before a long flight, I was not aware of the number of times I will end up hearing it or the impact it will make in my life. I was fully aware of the potential that Gita has to impact one's life and I had made many attempts to read through other Gitas including many shloka versions. But I was never hooked on to it. DevDutt Patnaik's version changed it for me. Now I am hooked on to Gita and atleast for now, it has converted me into a seeker looking within and trying to expand my mind.
This book is a summary of the original Gita by the author in his own way. If you take one learning at a time, it is nothing new or different but the entire framework that the author has been able to create, puts things in perspective and provides a meaning to all the teachings of the original Gita. I love the themed context which flows in a linear way. I think the book will be able to resonate with the contemporary reader. The author emphasizes time and again that Gita is for every householder who wishes to live a fearless and free life. It goes on to tackle the concepts of Yagna, Yoga, God, Fear, Empathy, Dharma, Guna, value, property and others providing means to apply them in real life and explaining them with examples from the Ramayana and the Mahabharata.

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  • Manjari Ganti
  • 24-07-17

Narration was poor

After listening to Jays and reading several other books from the author, I was really looking forward to My Gita. While, this book lived up to its expectations, the narration was extremely disappointing. The narrator was unable to pronounce a lot of the words and names in the book and it took away from truly enjoying the book. I bought the kindle version as well, and will go back to read the book as opposed to the audible version.

Manjari

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  • 11-07-18

Different interpretations from original

His view is different
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Stopped after 1 hour
Not very good
Thanks

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  • Rishi Tiwari
  • 06-11-17

Profound wisdom.

This book is the most enlightening book I have ever read till date. I dabbled in Bhagvadgeeta earlier but never got it. I often thought of it as a great argument done by Krishna to ‘convince’ Arjun to do what Krishna wanted him to do.

After reading this book I am convinced that this book should be called ‘Geeta 101’ or even better ‘Sanatan Philosophy for Dummies’. The chronological and historical summary of ideas in Sanatan Dharma are just what India requires today as an ordinary folk is showered with conflicting ideologies from different Schools while he/she assumes it to be emanating from a single source and thus ending up getting confused and giving up all together or end up being ambivalent towards the whole thing.

We do not even realise that the modern culture or religion or whatever we can call it these days is an alphabet soup of various ideas that originated at different points of time in societies very diverse from ours and for good measure got mixed up with foreign influences too. Most advocates of religion and culture possibly are ignorant of the chronology and the vocabulary of the scriptures and how the same word meant different things at different times.

Devdutt is Brihaspati, I have no doubt on it.

This is my opinion.

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  • Eric R Linsky
  • 17-10-17

excellent

this is an extremely paraphrased version of the gita, with commentary. however, i consider it the best explanation of the real meaning of the bhagavad gita.

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  • Ayon Chatterjee
  • 23-09-17

Sheer magic.

It is just not Bhagwad Gita but much more than it. Really informative and worth listening.

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  • Nitin Khanwalkar
  • 06-09-17

Worth reading

Excellent depiction of the verses of the gita. He talks about bhagwat hota in his own interpretation and is present very well. One may want to read this again and again

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  • Adi
  • 31-07-17

Why does the reader change accent while narration??

The indian accent the reader tries to pull isnt pleasant at all.
Could've just read it as is instead.